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Firefighter faces OVI, gun charges

Published: Sat, January 12, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.

By Ashley Luthern



A township firefighter charged Friday with drunken driving cannot work until a judge makes a ruling in court, the fire chief says.

Michael Lyons, 44, of New Middletown was off duty when he was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and using weapons while intoxicated, both misdemeanors. His driver’s license was suspended at his arrest.

“Since they pulled his license, he cannot work until he goes to court and there’s a ruling from a judge,” said fire Chief George Brown. “He’s a model employee of 13 years, and it’s unfortunate. He was trying to do a good deed.”

Police were called about 10 p.m. Thursday to a wooded area behind The Georgetown banquet center in Mathews Square Plaza for gunshots.

When officers arrived, they followed shoe prints and deer prints with a blood trail to the back of the Boardman Fire Station on South Avenue.

Police saw Lyons’ pickup truck running in the back parking lot, and Lyons told them he was looking for a deer that had been hit by a car, according to reports.

An officer told Lyons they were called because a resident reported a man with a flashlight shooting into the woods, and Lyons said it was he because he wanted to make sure the deer didn’t suffer. Police said they asked Lyons to show them where he last saw the wounded animal, so Lyons drove his truck with an unidentified passenger to the back of The Georgetown, and police followed.

During a longer conversation with Lyons behind The Georgetown, police detected an odor of alcohol, got consent from Lyons to search the truck and found two rifles, four open beer cans and a case of beer with seven full cans remaining, reports state. Lyons’ passenger was given a verbal warning for open container, police said.

At the police station, Lyons took a breath test that registered his blood-alcohol content at 0.126. The legal limit is 0.08 in Ohio.

Brown said police did find the deer with a broken leg early Friday and killed it.

“We’re doing our investigation. [Lyons] is not being treated any different than any other citizen would be treated,” he said.


1gizzym(20 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Trying to do a good deed....driving drunk with loaded guns in the truck was good?? The deer more than likely saved lives. If it wasn't for the deer, Lyons might have caused an accident that took innocent lives. The deer is the hero here. RIP Bambi

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2apollo(1227 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Every time I point out how overpaid they are, they always respond that it's because they are the cream of the crop. We need less cream.

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3stewie(109 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

He's a fire fighter and he shows this much lack of intelligence and common sense? Time for a reality check here.

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4nipsy(161 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Take away his guns for life..If you are that irresponsible with a weapon then you should not have the right to own one..A good deed? A drunk man shooting a weapon! in the DARK and in a populated area surrounded by businesses?? What in the hell is so GOOD about that DEED?

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5redvert(2239 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

But was he a member of the Firefighters Union and did he vote for obowser? This abuse of a public employee could go all the way to the oval office.

Seriously now, Lyons drove his truck at the request of the police, so therefore they encouraged him to break the law. Can they prove that he was driving it beforehand?

Some local attorneys have to be drooling over this one!

ps: We need to ban deer, none of this would of happened without Bambi trying to play chicken with a motorized vehicle!

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6apollo(1227 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

See above ^^^^ that's an example of employees in Boardman. Brave yet not brave enough to put his name to the posting. Probably using township equipment as well since they refused to give me the internet usage reports.

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